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The ZipCharge Go is a new portable charger for your EV

Fancy some extra range on the move or can’t charge at home? This could be the answer

Published: 03 Nov 2021
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Recently made the switch to an EV? Struggling to find a regular charging spot or constantly suffering from range anxiety? Brit company ZipCharge has unveiled a new product at COP26 that aims to solve that.

It’s called the ZipCharge Go, and essentially it’s like a portable charging bank for your phone but scaled up to the max. It’s a lithium-ion battery pack on wheels. 

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So, you plug it in to a three-pin socket at home at a time when electricity is cheaper, then when you need to charge your EV, you wheel it out to your car and plug in. Or you can whack it in the boot for peace of mind on a long journey.

A small bit of peace of mind, that is. That’s because currently you’ll get around 20 miles of range in 30 minutes from the Go (depending on your car of course) – hopefully enough to make it to your nearest rapid charger at least. 

The Go also has a bi-directional AC-DC inverter built in, so in theory it could be used to store cheaper energy from the grid which could then be sold back at peak times. There’s 4G connectivity too so you can control it via an app, and the outer shell is made from recycled plastic. Very 2021. 

In case you’re wondering, it can be used in all weathers and you’ll be able to customise the finish to match your EV. 

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We don’t know how much it’ll cost outright when the Go goes on sale next year (although the target is to get close to the cost of a fully-installed Level 2 home charge point), but ZipCharge says it wants to make it available on subscription for £49 per month. 

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